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UF horticultural sciences chairman receives prestigious honor for international work

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By:
Tom Nordlie (352) 392-0400

Source:
Dan Cantliffe djc@ifas.ufl.edu, 352-392-1928 ext. 203

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Dan Cantliffe, horticultural sciences chairman at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, or UF/IFAS, is well known on campus for his international research collaborations, and now the world’s leading independent organization of horticultural scientists has taken notice as well.

This month, the 6,300-member International Society for Horticultural Science inducted Cantliffe as a fellow – the highest honor ISHS bestows for contributions to horticultural science worldwide. He is one of only six individuals so recognized. (more …)

UF launches one of the nation’s first organic agriculture degree programs

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By:
Tom Nordlie (352) 392-0400

Source(s):
Dan Cantliffe djc@ifas.ufl.edu, 352-392-1928 ext. 203
Melissa Webb mwebb@ufl.edu, 352-392-4711 ext. 216
Mickie Swisher meswisher@ifas.ufl.edu, 352-392-2201, ext. 256
Rebecca Darnell rld@ufl.edu, 352-392-1928 ext. 224

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With revenues from U.S. organic food sales climbing by almost 20 percent each year, the demand for skilled workers in this field is booming – and a new University of Florida academic program will help meet producers’ needs.

Fall semester marks the official launch of a science-based organic agriculture undergraduate degree program at UF, making it one of the first three U.S. institutions to offer this major. Colorado State University and Washington State University debut similar programs this fall. (more …)

UF to enhance extension demonstration and research programs at Hastings facility

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By:
Tom Nordlie (352) 392-0400

Source(s):
David Dinkins ddinkins@co.st-johns.fl.us, 904-209-0430
Jimmy Cheek jgcheek@ifas.ufl.edu, 352-392-1971
John Baldwin baldwinj@ifas.ufl.edu, 352-392-1781
Brad Purcell brad@bradpurcell.com, 386-328-9725

Other Sources:
Karen Stern bccd2@co.st-johns.fl.us, 904-209-0302
Mark Warren mwwarren@ifas.ufl.edu, 386-437-7464
Dave Fisk dfisk@sjrwmd.com, 386-312-2300
Mark Clark clarkmw@ifas.ufl.edu, 352-392-1803 ext. 319
Pierce Jones ez@energy.ufl.edu, 352-392-8074
Chad Hutchinson cmhutchinson@ifas.ufl.edu, 904-692-1792
Wayne Smith patsysigman@hotmail.com, 904-669-6647

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Years ago, the only place you’d find rapid growth in Northeast Florida was in a potato or cabbage field. Not anymore – for two years running, Flagler County has had the fastest-rising population of any county in the nation, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

To help protect water quality and boost farming as the area becomes more developed, the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences will enhance extension demonstration and research programs at its Hastings Demonstration Unit, aided by a recent $500,000 appropriation from the state legislature. (more …)

UF introduces three new peanuts: Florida-07, York and McCloud

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Mickie Anderson (352) 392-0400

Source(s):
Dan Gorbet dgorbet@ifas.ufl.edu, 850-482-9956
E.T. York york@atlas.ifas.ufl.edu, 352-392-6545

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers are releasing three new peanut varieties – two of them named for former university administrators – that they hope will give a market-dominant Georgia peanut some hearty competition.

The Florida-07 not only has strong resistance to a devastating disease that targets Southeastern peanut crops, it’s high in healthy oils, has a long shelf life and is a high-yield peanut, said peanut breeder Dan Gorbet, a professor with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. (more …)

New, Free Booklet Can Help You Protect Trees from Storms

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By:
Mickie Anderson (352) 392-0400

Source(s):
Mary Duryea mlduryea@ufl.edu, 352-392-1784
Ed Gilman egilman@ifas.ufl.edu, 352-392-1831

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers have released a booklet that’s full of practical advice about how to protect your trees from storm damage – and what to do if they’re damaged despite your best efforts.

“We wanted to help homeowners with their trees. We’ve learned a lot about trees in our studies of the last 10 hurricanes and hope that our tips will help make urban trees more healthy and wind resistant,” said Mary Duryea, associate dean for research at UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. (more …)

UF experts help oyster processors use new technology to keep consumers, industry healthy

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Tom Nordlie (352) 392-0400

Source(s):
Victor Garrido vmga@ifas.ufl.edu, 352-392-1991 ext. 305
Bill Mahan wtm@ifas.ufl.edu, 850-653-9337
Grady Leavins lsi@gtcom.net, 850-653-8823

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Eating raw oysters is getting safer, thanks to a new practice called post-harvest processing, or PHP, that virtually eliminates harmful Vibrio vulnificus bacteria from the shellfish, say University of Florida researchers.

Recently enacted federal guidelines require oyster processors in Florida and several other states to use PHP, said Victor Garrido, a research coordinator with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. (more …)

UF’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences names two associate deans

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Tom Nordlie (352) 392-0400

Source(s):
Kirby Barrick kbarrick@ufl.edu, 352-392-1961
Elaine Turner returner@ufl.edu, 352-392-2251
Mark Rieger mrieger@ufl.edu, 706-542-0783

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — It was a homecoming of sorts when the University of Florida’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences named two new associate deans – one holds the interim associate dean position, the other earned a doctorate at UF.

Selected were Elaine Turner, interim associate dean and an associate professor of food science and human nutrition, and Mark Rieger, a professor of horticulture with the University of Georgia. The appointments were announced June 30 by Kirby Barrick, dean of the college. Rieger will also serve as a horticultural sciences professor. (more …)

Of Fawns and Fowl: IFAS offers crash course on deer and turkey care

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Stu Hutson 352-392-0400

Source(s):
Bill Giuliano docg@ufl.edu, 352-846-0575
Jim Selph jimselph@ufl.edu, 863-993-4846

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Turkeys on your property probably won’t drown by looking skyward in a downpour, but keep an eye on the rain gauge or you might end up with wet hen syndrome. To get deer to hang around, try maintaining their favorite trees: hardwoods like cherry and black gum.

Maintaining healthy and ample turkey and deer populations, whether for hunting or just wildlife appreciation, can be a tricky business. But landowners, ranchers and wildlife managers can learn tips and tricks from the experts Aug. 18 at the first Florida Deer and Turkey Management Shortcourse. (more …)

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